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Torsten Albig

Torsten Albig
Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein
Assumed office
12 June 2012
Preceded by Peter Harry Carstensen
Mayor of Kiel
In office
11 June 2009 – 6 May 2012
Preceded by Angelika Volquartz
Succeeded by Peter Todeskino (acting)
Personal details
Born (1965-05-25) 25 May 1965
Bremen, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party (SPD) (1982-)
Profession Civil servant

Torsten Albig (born 25 May 1965 in Bremen) is a German politician from the Social Democratic Party of Germany. In the Schleswig-Holstein state election 2012 Albig became the Minister-President of state Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany. From 2009 to 2012 he was the Lord Mayor of Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein.

Albig is married and has two children.[1]

2012 state election

Torsten Albig was appointed candidate for Minister-President, representing his party, the SPD, in 2011 after a member's decision. At the election in 2012, SPD achieved 30.4% of the votes, not enough to beat the ruling CDU that got 30.8% of the popular vote. SPD and CDU achieved 22 seats each, and the election result made it possible for Albig to form a coalition government with the participation of the Green Party and the SSW, which is a regional party representing the Danish and Frisian minorities. The three parties have a narrow majority in the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein with 35 of 69 seats. At the appointment in parliament though, he got 37 of 69 possible votes. The new-formed government of Schleswig-Holstein consisting of SPD, The Green Party and the SSW has never been seen before in German history.[2]

Albig succeeded Peter Harry Carstensen in the position as Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, Albig was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on transport, building and infrastructure, led by Peter Ramsauer and Florian Pronold.


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External links

  • Official website
  • Porträt Torsten Albig (german)
Preceded by
Peter Harry Carstensen
Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein
12 June 2012 –
Preceded by
Angelika Volquartz
Mayor of Kiel
11 June 2009 – 6 May 2012
Succeeded by
Peter Todeskino
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